Fight between Oklahoma security guard and customer caught on camera

Fight between east Tulsa QT security guard and customer caught on camera (Courtesy of Jasmine Cooper)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A fight between privately-hired security guard for the convenience store QuickTrip and a customer is now raising concerns.

The heated moment was filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma by another customer also shopping at the store. Now the video is being shared all over social media.

“Nobody wants to see that type of reaction, but we don’t have all the details," explained Mike Thornbrugh, a representative for QuikTrip. “I don’t know anything about the individual nor do I know what led up to it. All I know is from the snippet of what we saw, and that’s not the way we want to do business.”

The video shows the QuickTrip customer and a security guard exchanging words, then it escalates. You can see the security guard grabbing the customer, then throwing him against a shelf, prompting the other customers to jump in and break up the fight.

Thornbrugh said they're trying to figure out what happened with the private security company.

WARNING: Video contains strong language.

WARNING: Video contains strong language.

“That particular store already has 24-hour security provided, and we also employ off-duty law enforcement to assist us as well," he said.

QuickTrip stands by their efforts to hire their armed employees.

“Our concept is we really want to try and practice community policing. We need to de-escalate everything that you possibly can," Thornbrugh said, but that didn't happen in this case.

“Unfortunately, that entire area has got some issues that need to be addressed, and QuikTrip is not immune from it," said Thornbrugh.

He did confirm this QuickTrip will be one of the stores to get an armed employee.

“There’s been an overwhelming, positive response, and I’m confident there are many employees that have the background security as all the credentialing that we’re looking for. But the most difficult part is always finding someone who believes and practices QuikTrip’s culture," he said.

We reached out to Diamond Security Services who did confirm it is their employee in the video, and they had no further comment.

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